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Ibanez Destroyer sample DT-520FM
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Sample 2012 DT-520FM CRS
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A sample is a pre-production edition of a guitar, usually a one-off, that is used as a demonstrator within Hoshino-Gakki to determine whether that particular design will become a production model. Model samples may vary by hardware configuration or by something as trivial as having a different colored finish. Samples may also be used as demonstrators at trade shows to advertise an upcoming product prior to its release.
Status: Sample[1], later released as a production model
Model: DT-520FM
Line: DT/X-Series[1]
Serial Number Format: ffyymmpppp[2]
Machine Heads: unknown
Neck Composition: 1-piece Destroyer Mahogany
Neck Type: Set
Fingerboard Composition: Rosewood
Fret Count: 22
Scale (inches): 24.7" (628mm)
Body Composition: Flame Maple top on Mahogany
Binding (H / N / B): Y / Y / Y
Number of Pick-Ups: 2
Pick-Ups by Position (N / M / B): DiMarzio Air NortonTM / x / DiMarzio Tone ZoneTM
Bridge: Tight-Tune
Tail: Tight-Tune
Controls: (2) Volume
(1) Master Tone
(1) 3-way Toggle
Control Knobs: Sure Grip III
Hardware Color: Chrome
Finish(es): Cherry Red Sunburst (CRS)
Market: N/A
Year of First Catalog Appearance: N/A
Catalog Appearances: N/A
Comments: this sample appears to be a set neck version of the 1996 DT-400 and, by extension, its 2002 re-issue DT-420. This sample appears to be a slightly modified version of the sample DT-420GFM sample.
[1] beginning in the 1990s with the release of the first DT-420 and continuing today, it has become somewhat difficult to determine exactly to which line a given Destroyer model belongs: DT Series, EX Series, new X-Series, DTX Series, or DTT Series. We have seen multiple sources containing seemingly contradictory information so, throughout this site, we are making the assumption that the DT Series is the parent series for all Destroyers manufactured since 1990 and that all other notations are sub, or child, series.
[2] the pre-production samples have a different serial number format than do the production models. The pre-production Serial Number Format for this sample is SS1212pppp where:

SS = factory of manufacture
12 = last two digits of the year of manufacture (e.g.: 12 = 2012)
12 = month of manufacture (e.g.: 01 = Jan, 02 = Feb, ... , 11 = Nov, 12 = Dec)
pppp = the sequential production number for this individual guitar

  • as far as we have been able to ascertain, all of the DT-520FM samples were manufactured in December 2012
  • pppp is not the total number of guitars manufactured of this model

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